Man charged with 2 Bellevue hate crimes

The 55-year-old suspect was charged in two recent incidents in Bellevue — one at a gas station involving three men of Syrian descent, and another at a thrift shop involving a man of Ethiopian descent.

A 55-year-old man was charged Friday with hate crimes in two separate incidents in Bellevue.

Kenneth Dean Sjarpe, whose last known address was in Snoqualmie, is in King County Jail on two counts of malicious harassment, with bail set at $225,000.

If convicted as charged, the King County Prosecutor’s Office said, sentencing guidelines call for about 12 months’ imprisonment.

In an altercation at a gas station in the early evening of May 23, Sjarpe allegedly yelled at three men of Syrian descent, “Go back to your country you …,” ending with a racial slur.

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